Are you looking to make a difference when it comes to your period? Have you been wondering about using a more eco-friendly sanitary pad? Then let me introduce you to a new company.
Trade to Aid
As a social business Trade to Aid looks to try and end period poverty in a sustainable way. They are funded by their customers and use their profits to help others. They do this by providing people who are struggling with period poverty with sanitary products, as well as funding menstrual hygiene sessions in West Africa.
When it comes to the ethical side of the business, they make sure everyone they employ is paid a fair wage. Annually auditing their suppliers and making sure they follow the FLA Code of Conduct.
Did you know the average person who has a period uses 15,000 menstrual products during their lifetime? That is a lot of products being thrown away. With this in mind, many people are looking to make the switch to more eco-friendly and sustainable products and that is what Trade to Aid offers.
The statistics around period poverty across the world always astound me, with it affecting over 500 million people worldwide. Yet selling period products, well that’s a multi-billion dollar industry.
Here in the UK 3 in 10 girls alone struggle to access sanitary products. While UNESCO has reported that as many as 1 in 10 girls miss school during their period.
These are just some of the reasons Trade to Aid donate one pack of period products for every one sold.
Reusable Sanitary Pads (Pack of 6)
Trade to Aid offer up a reusable sanitary pad collection of 6 products. Each of these boxes comes in at £29.97 and includes:
- Two light flow pads
- Two medium flow pads
- Two heavy flow pads
- One waterproof wet bag
The pads themselves utilise a mix of recycled plastic for the waterproof membrane and are constructed from natural bamboo charcoal. Meaning it is free from synthetic additives and nasty chemicals.
How to Care for Your Reusable Pads
One thing that has always worried me about reusable pads is how do you look after them? Well, the answer is actually pretty simple.
Trade to Aid suggests:
- Soak your used pad in cold water for around 30 minutes, this should prevent staining. You could perhaps add a drop of tea-tree oil or a small amount of hydrogen peroxide.
- Wash as normal on a 40° cycle, do not use any fabric softeners as this could affect the absorbance of the pads. They also suggest not washing at higher temperatures as this could lead any blood stains to set.
- Air dry by hanging on the line, or in a bright sunny window. If the weather is bad then a radiator also works.
I have to admit that is a lot more simple than I had imagined!
If you would like to find out more about Trade to Aid or buy yourself some pads then do head on over to their website.
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